Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Tagaytay Ridge Tour from Manila: Palace in the Sky, Taal Volcano and Las Pinas Bamboo Organ. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
The tour is a great way to experience different aspects of The Philippines, nature - the Taal Volcano, recent history - the Palace in the Sky, religion - The Las Pinas Bamboo organ, and the ubiquitous Jeepney.
We thought this trip was fantastic, although on the day the weather let us down a bit. Dale and Neil, our driver and guide, were brilliant. We felt safe in the Manila traffic and Neil's knowledge and commentary were first class. From the time of booking to the drop off back at our apartment was very professional and I would definitely recommend using Viator. Since this tour we have been on another one booked through Viator and were fortunate enough to have Dale and Neil again. Thanks to everyone.
We had a wonderful tour, and tour guide. Thoroughly enjoyed our day. The lunch was excellent, and more than we anticipated. Thanks.
This tour was more than expected. The drive to tagaytay was nice. We could not see 5 feet in front of us at the palace due to the fog. The view would have been breathtaking had it been clear. Our driver was able to find a good spot down below for us to take pictures of Taal volcano.
The highlight of this tour was the visit to the Taal volcano. I thought we were going to miss the view because of cloud, but luckily the weather cleared just in time and the view was amazing. I also really enjoyed the lunch at the restaurant with a great view. A bonus extra was the visit to the Jeepney factory. My guide was very helpful and considerate of my age and health.
The tour was not very well organised - firstly they went to the wrong Tune hotel - also the day we went there was a local marathon being run - which the tour guide should have been aware of as the traffic was horrendous and we could not get up to the 'Palace' on our first attempt. The place we had dinner - Max's Fried chicken was disappointing - the food was dreadful - chicken was dry and there was far too much BBQ sauce which was too sweet and the desserts were not very nice either. However, the view from the restaurant was magnificent.
Too expensive for what is offered. I enjoyed the Taal lake and Las Pinas Bamboo Church. My problem was also that the guide had a more lacklustre approach to the tour and wanted everything to be over really quick, maybe because I was the only participant. I'm also uncomfortable with the situation that as soon as the driver and I were alone for a second, he immediately asked when I would leave Manila, what my flight was and if I needed airport drop off. When I said I already arranged it, he went on how much hotels charge for it etc.
The tour was pretty good, though nothing life changing. Service (vehicles, guides and food) were good and the attractions were okay. What I really hated was that if you book a trip for one person you pay twice the rate and yet they still put you with a bigger group. I don't think double the rate is justified and the trip is not worth it for that price. If your party has two or more people and you want a peaceful day where you just sit and look around at some moderately interesting things, go for it.